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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale | Big Rock Brewery

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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat AleBig Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: Kristalweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Light on the palate, yet packed with flavour and European hop aroma, with fruity or citrusy notes.

Added by kbub6f on 08-04-2002

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light gold color with two fingers of head. There is just a little bit of lacing. The smell is light and malty, with some lemon and other light citrus fruits. A bit of wheat in the nose as well. The taste is malty as well. Pale and wheat malts, with just a hint of citrus. Not much else going on. The mouthfeel is a little light and watery. The drinkability is fairly good though. Doesn't taste too much like a weizen, but still ok tasting.

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Photo of TerryW
2.35/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours clear, golden (almost neon bright) yellow with a short head that settles very quickly to a thin film. No lace or any of that other fancy stuff for this beer.

Aroma is slightly lemony with a hint of the skunk. Crisp and almost sharp on the palate, reasonably lively.

Nothing special tastewise, nothing to distinguish it. Has a somewhat unpleasant bitter dry finish.

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Photo of clvand0
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I like the label. Pours out a clear yellow color with small head that goes away quickly. There's nothing much in the smell. Maybe some lemon, I think. Smells macro-ish. On to the flavor. Flavor reminds me of a Bud Light. Pretty boring and over produced. Not too impressed with this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a pale yellow color, with a finger of head that falls quickly. The nose is sweet wheat with a hint of citrus in it. Not exactly what I was expecting. The taste is pretty bland. Not a whole lot going on it it. No creamy banana, no nothing. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkability is not really good either. Just an okay beer without much either direction.

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Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Manx in Ottawa, ON. Decent enough. Crystal clear, light golden with a nice off-white head that lasts for a while and than dies. The aromas are of wheat, banana, and an odd flavor that I can not place. The taste is wheaty, yeasty, and spicy, this actually tastes more like a medicore wheat, than a weizen. The mouthfeel is medium bodied-light, and the drinkability is OK. Not bad for a local version.

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Photo of ecoboy
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Troublesome for me to describe a beer in all negative terms, but here goes:

Not a very subtle brew (excepting it's onlt sublty different from mass-produced ales.) Not an unfiltered cloudy wheat (which is admittedly according to style.) Not a slow-savoring wheat ale. No off-notes. Not all that interesting.

The wheat characteristic is practically just an asterisk on another honey-yellow-orange hued ale. It just takes a bit of an edge off the tang of the malt.

Sampled 8/6/04 at the Charlotte Room, Toronto; the server kept trying to put fruit on my rim. The fruit would have totally blown the ale's own flavor away. Can't help but think this is brewed with fast consumtion in mind...

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Photo of DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, pale golden with a thin white head. Mild sweet aroma. Grainy sweetness dominates, but there is a thin bitterness hiding underneath. Noticeable wheat flavour. Quite smooth with a medium/light body. The finish dries the mouth somewhat and some bitterness lingers on the palate. Not particularly complex and the balance seems to be a little off.

341mL brown bottle, freshness date stamped on 6-pack box.

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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many years since I had this beer and it tasted far better and balanced. Could not get a smell but could have been the glass. Refreshing summer ale offering. Thanks Osborne Freehouse. Grainy and malty sweet. Crisp like a wheat but not much wheat. Thin-medium mouthfeel.

Another 1.75 years and I had this in fresh bottle. Less metallic, easy drinking.

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Photo of pootz
2.72/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just got back from Calgary and have been aching to dive into the 12 Grasshoppers I bought there. I have passed it at the beer store for so long and decided to give this western Canadian Kristal Weizen clone a try because of all the glowing reports from friends. I'm a confirmed Shneider hefe weiss drinker so I was not optomistic that a large brewer like Big Rock could carry off the "Canadianization" of this classic Bavarian style.

I was right...but this beer is OK in a pinch if the Euro weizens are not available.

Poured a clear (filtered) orange-gold with a smallish white cap that vanished about as fast as any Canuck mega brew....not an impressive start. Had slight grassy and citrus aromas mingled with sweet malt smells. Highly carbonated to mimic the natural bottle conditioned carbonation of the finer unfiltered Bavarian weizens.

Started crisp and citusy-tart then mellows to a malty sweetness and mild peppery taste with a watery mouth feel then the finish is clean with little after taste...NOT a Euro weizen...not even close, BUT a fairly clean drinking standard commercial brew with no ajuncts or preservatives made with top grade ingredients and above average quality.

If you crave German weizens give this a pass and get 3 liters of Schneiders or Ayinger or 4 Erdinger or Konig Ludwig instead of six of these domestics. If you get stuck in vacation country with no Euro weizens to be found this will do in a pinch.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.07/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: When the bartender says that they have a wheat beer flowing, I got all excited and ordered one right away. The beer came in a mug with a lemon wedge already there, the filtered appearance saddens me with the golden orange tone of the beer and fizzy thin white head, leaves behind some specks of lace. Aroma: A nice citrusy zing doesn't have any of the great yeast characteristics I have come to enjoy from the German hefeweizen, but it's not bad sharp sweetness decent. Taste: The flavor is a spritzy mix of sweetness and citrus tones but a bit bland, when I added the lemon to my beer (which I never do) it actually improved this one. Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with very fizzy carbonation, not bad but again I was looking for a fluffy textured hefe. Drinkability: I had a couple over the course of the weekend not my favorite but a solid wheat ale if that's what your into, I'm not.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.62/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewers of this beer should note: this is not a "hefeweizen." It is, as the Big Rock Brewery states, based on the "Kristal-Weizen" style; hence, it is not intended to be cloudy in appearance, but exceptionally clear, due to the filtration of this type of wheat beer; and because it is not a "hefe", there is no yeast sediment in the bottle.

This poured with very minimal head, and one which disappeared very quickly, leaving only the least bit of lace. In appearance it resembles a classic Pilzen type style: it is exceptionally clear. The colour is honey, with faint hues of yellow. A grainy, lemony smell greets the nose at first. Slight sourness. Some very slight flowery hop aromas exist. Appetising. The taste is definitely wheat-filled, producing a strong grainy feel on the palate, with a pleasant citrus note in the middle of the tongue. The hop presence is subtle, yet well-balanced. Initially on the tongue one can sense the slight sweetness and delicate sourness so highly beloved in wheat beers. The drinkability of this brew is exceptional: it can be quaffed easily, and has enough flavour to mildly please knowledgable drinkers. No, it is not overly complex, or even exciting, but it IS highly refreshing and drinkable. It would probably be a good beer to start some sewage-water beer drinker off on the road to better beer drinking.

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Photo of ComradeCanadia
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Goldenly yellow (is that a word) with an nice coarse head that rapidly vanishes, sometimes leaving some lacing if its kind.

Smell - Meh. Wheat, yeast, beer. Nothing to write home about.

Taste - Ahh, Grasshopper. The mainstay above average beer in Alberta, and a favorite session beer of mine. Very crisp if not sharp with a lot of wheat, and maybe some lemon. Barely any hops unless you look for them. Dry aftertaste, sometimes I think a little too acidic. This beer was MEANT to be served with lemon, which adds quite a lot to it. Grasshopper without lemon is a drinkable, if bland wheat ale.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel with just enough carbonation.

Drinkability - Here's where Grasshopper is a favorite. Refreshing as hell, and easy on even the weakest stomach. Great for long, drunken nights at the pub, or to relax in the sun with.

Notes - Grasshopper is probably the first beer I ever truly liked, and remains an affordable, above average beer. Some consider lemons in beer to be a sign of terrible beer, but I find it does a LOT for this one.

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Photo of Gusler
2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light gold color on the pour, modest bright white head that is frothy in its texture as it dissolves a thin sheet of lace makes attempts at sealing off the glass. Nose is lightly sweet, crisp and clean a hint of grapefruit, start somewhat sweet, top cadaverous. Finish spitefully acidic, hops lean and the aftertaste droughty, all in all a somewhat bland beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color. Small head. Aroma is slightly malty. A very light bodied wheat beer. Some malts, some hops. Not much flavor. Beat macro swill, but why bother. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is neutral. not bad, but really nothing to recommend it.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.5 fluid ounce (341ml) brown glass bottle, with a twist-off crown cap. The orange neck label has the Brewery name ‘BigRock’, whilst the orange colored main label has the word “Grasshöpper” as well as the picture of one. Described as a “Wheat Ale Traditionally Brewed in Canada”

Appearance: Exceptionally clear filtered look, a surprise for what is described as a Wheat Ale. Smooth ½” cap forms easily when poured. Golden straw body, that looks more akin to a Euro-Pilsner, rather than a Wheat Ale.

Nose: Some light biscuit malt with a slight citric hint, rather poor.

Taste: The wheat lends a light biscuit malt that is prevalent at first. Some sharp lemon twangs in the middle that rapidly fade away. A cloying feeling is left in the mouth after the beer is swallowed. Rather bland actually.

Mouthfeel: Very average, redeemed by its great thirst quenching qualities. The slight cloying feel on the palate when swallowed, prevents the mouthfeel being anything other than average.

Drinkability: Pretty good, an inoffensive easily quaffed beer.

Overall: A pleasant enough beer, that is rather drinkable and not that bad at all, but as a “Wheat Ale” it disappoints me. I am not sure that I would seek it out again to be honest, but I would not refuse it if I was offered another one. A very “average” Average Beer!

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Photo of kbub6f
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at The Beer Store (Robertson: Ottawa), 10 minutes in the trunk, a few hours in the fridge.

Huge explosions destroy the big, white, coarse head. Spotty lacing shrapnel. Hmm… this stuff is a crystal clear gold with loads of carbonation, and gives off sugar and pepper in the nose. The sweet, fruity front turns a little sour in the middle. There's some decent malt, but overall, it's pretty thin. The finish is metallic, a little nutty, bitter, a little sour.

Well. The label says "Wheat Ale", but I don't really see the resemblance. If this were a macro lager, it would be pretty good.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a pale yellow, nothing pretty for a hefe, lightning fast faded head of I think was white, has very light and small spotty lace. Smell is malty, wheaty, some mustyness with a simple woodyness in the back. Taste is bland of malts and some touches of wheat, has a bit of sweetness and fairly strong hold in the middle of grain. Feel is pretty full and a bit of a grain feel, is pretty good, best part of this brew. This is a bit over average, I wouldn't pass it up if offered, but would pass it by otherwise.
This grasshopper jumps across the field just fine but it just so happens to land in the mouth of a hungry bird.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.55/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my 2nd wheat beer, and the first from a bottle. On a hot day, it cools you down and quenches your thirst. A pretty good beer, this is. But that's it. Not WOW, KAZOWA, GIMME MORE!!! Poured a slightly dark straw colour. Medium head which disipated withing a few minutes, but still left some lace in on the glass. Smelled some barley, hops and wheat. Hey, this is a wheat beer, no? Unfortunately, I didn't taste that much wheat. It was more like an above average pilzner. A little disappointing. Granular mouthfeel, slightly oily. Pretty drinkable, though. Above average beer, but I want to try some more wheat ales with yeast before to compare it with this.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.98/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Admittedly I am a fan of the Big Rock Brewery, and Grasshopper is my personal mainstay from their line, and one of my favorite regional ales to drink on a regular basis when out and about. It pours out a darker golden hue, with a big white head, which dissipates after a couple of minutes, and then leaves a bit of a lace. Nose is sweet and citrusy, and the flavour matches that, a bit crisp as well. Smooth mouthfeel, I can drink a lot of this stuff, and that's not just a hypothetical statement. Not exactly a traditional weiss beer, but a good stepping stone into the style for those who are apprehensive at first. Also my favorite beer to ween people off of macros at first. A great hot weather summer beer.

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Photo of Garin
3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(I'm transcribing notes here, so I'll be brief)

Lemon/golden colour with a long lasting head.

Aromas of yeast, wheat, and grainy/grassy herbs.

Crisp, wheaty flavour with some lemony and herbal/hoppy tones. Very refreshing flavour with a mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and clean, with interesting carbonation. It's a nice tasty wheat beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dry offering with a nice taste that quickly leaves. Head is thin but collars the glass nicely. I am not overly familiar with wheat beers but I do believe I could get to like them if they are like this. The ABV on this bottle is listed at 5.0

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Photo of John
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light straw, thin but persistent white head. Light aroma of grass, lemon, wheat grains. Super light mouthfeel. Mildly tart with some citrus hop create a refreshing but insubstantial flavor experience. A rather unremarkable, light wheat ale.

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Big Rock Grasshopper Wheat Ale from Big Rock Brewery
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